Hip replacement surgery is performed to restore lost mobility, function, and quality of life. Unfortunately for some patients, defectively designed hip implants can cause difficulties after hip replacement surgery. Hip implants manufactured by DePuy Orthopedics, Inc., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, have been associated with a range of complications and the need for revision hip surgery. If you have suffered injury because of a defective DePuy hip implant, an experienced Las Vegas injury lawyer at Cogburn Law Offices are here to help.
DePuy Hip Implant Recall
In 2010, after many reports of patients needing corrective surgery to replace hip implant devices due to failure, DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. announced a voluntary recall of DePuy ASR Hip Resurfacing Systems (approved for use outside the U.S.) and ASR XL Acetabular Systems (launched in 2004 and distributed worldwide).
The FDA issued instructions to all manufacturers of metal-on-metal hip replacement systems to specify levels of metal being released with the prostheses and levels that pose a health risk to patients. Manufacturers are expected to monitor the safety of these devices after they are placed on the market.
Health Risks with DePuy Hip Implant
The DePuy metal-on-metal hip implant has been poorly designed. During movement, the metal ball and socket rub together, wearing down the prosthesis and releasing metal particles into the bloodstream and surrounding tissues. These metal particles have the potential to damage soft tissue and bones. In addition, ions of cobalt and chromium in the bloodstream can cause damage to the thyroid, heart, and nervous system. This type of metal toxicity has been associated with cancer, tissue necrosis, aseptic fibrosis, genetic damage, and psychological and cognitive problems.
Potential problems with defective DePuy hip implants include:
- Implant migration
- Implant detachment
- Hip dislocation or fracture
- Bone fracture at the location of the implant
- Dangerously high levels of metals in the bloodstream
Symptoms of a Defective Hip Implant
The majority of hip replacement surgeries are successful. Less fortunate patients implanted with defective DePuy devices may experience:
- Difficulty walking or standing
- Pain in the hip or groin
- Clicking or crunching sound with the movement of the implant area
- Rash, redness, swelling, or inflammation near the implant
- Fatigue and decline in physical activity
- Elevated levels of metals in the blood
- Confusion, anxiety, depression, and memory problems
What to Do If You are Having Problems with Your Hip Replacement
Start with a visit to your orthopedic surgeon if you are having problems after hip implant surgery. Your doctor can order blood work to check for metal poisoning and to evaluate the function of your thyroid, heart, and kidneys, as well as imaging of the hip. If the tests show metal toxicity or your prosthesis is failing, contact our Las Vegas DePuy hip implant lawyer as soon as possible.
Medical Device Manufacturers’ Duty of Care
DePuy Orthopedics, Inc. and other manufacturers of medical devices owe a duty of care to patients to take reasonable measures to ensure the safety of their products before they are placed on the market. Pre-market testing was clearly inadequate in the case of DePuy hip implants.
Each Las Vegas DePuy hip implant attorney at Cogburn Law Offices has a history of successfully handling cases involving defective medical devices. We guarantee honesty and loyalty and to put our clients first. We are trial lawyers with a passion for holding negligent manufacturers accountable and achieving justice for our clients.
Contact a Skilled Injury Lawyer
If you or a loved one suffered complications from a DePuy hip implant, contact a Las Vegas DePuy hip implant attorney at Cogburn Law Offices for a free case consultation today.